Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 14:24-16
Today’s Reflection: 1 Samuel 15:28
And Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.
For a second time, King Saul has disobeyed the direct instructions of God in order to win the favour of men. And for a second time Samuel lets King Saul know the kingdom will be stripped from him and given to another, a man after God’s own heart.
God’s blessings in your life flow through your relationship with Him, but this relationship and the flow of blessings is broken by sin (Isaiah 59:2). As a result, if you do not obey God’s instruction you cannot receive the fullness of God’s intended blessings for you. But as the example of King Saul shows us, the calling He has designed for you won’t go to waste. It will go to another.
God has great things in store for you, but whether you receive them is up to you. God is calling you to a great work, but whether you are able to answer this call is up to you. Most importantly, people are in need of hope. If God has called you to fulfill this hope and you refuse or fail, God will not allow these hopes to go unanswered. He will provide another.
You have to ask yourself, do you want to be an instrument of God’s will, or an obstacle to God’s will?